The Health Service Executive has announced that tests for cervical cancer are due to start again next month.

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Executive Clinical Officer, said that letters will start to be sent out a week from next Monday and that tests will restart the following week.

He hopes, he said, that the backlog of tests will be cleared by October.

Cervical, breast and bowel cancer tests were suspended at the end of March due to the coronary virus crisis. Cervical Cancer Tests are due to start again in July

Approximately 30-40,000 tests for cervical cancer are performed each month.

However, letters to people about breast tests will not start sending until September. The same month letters will be sent about bowel tests, Dr. Henry said.

Diabetic tests can be started next month, he said.